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Rotary District 5750 supports the great work of 36 active community-based clubs with nearly 2,000 Rotarians.  In addition to our clubs’ amazing and impactful work, our District also promotes incredible programs that enrich lives near and far. To find out more, check out www.rotary.org to find a club near you or peruse our club directory in the menu above to visit your nearest club this week!
 
DISTRICT 5750 NEWS
Some of you have inquired as to how we can help our friends in the Southeastern US as well as the Caribbean that were affected by Hurricane Dorian. Rotary International has a Donor Advised Fund established to enable participants to help those affected by the hurricane.

Included in the link below is a document that will guide you in your contributions—in general, or specified to a particular area affected by the hurricane. As Rotarians we know how to come to the aid of those in need. This is a perfect example of how we as volunteers “Connect the World” 100% of ALL FUNDS COLLECTED will be used to aid in the recovery.
 

Dear Rotarians,

September has flown by and I’ve enjoyed hitting the road to visit several clubs this month. It is such a pleasure to connect with clubs throughout our great state, and October will be just as busy visiting more clubs. I look forward to hearing more great things clubs are doing to ‘Connect the World’.

It is hard to believe the first quarter has come to end; and now is a great time to re-visit your goals as a club. What are you doing to get more members? What are you doing to add more diversity to your membership? How are you making your club family friendly? While our district lost members the past 3 years, I am confident we’ll have growth this year as we have added 15 members through August. Now it is time to forge ahead in growing membership. We can do it! Rotarians don’t care whether the glass is half-full or half-empty – we know we can refill the glass!
 
Speaking of optimism, Rotary continues its crusade to end Polio. Through our efforts over the past 3 decades we helped eliminate Polio in all but 2 countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Back in 1988 there were over 350,000 new cases of polio each year and now that number is below 100 for wild poliovirus type 1. Unfortunately, this past month 2 cases of wild poliovirus type 2 were reported in the Philippines; however, the country’s polio-free status is not at risk. This shows how crucial it is to continue the vaccination campaigns to ensure children around the world are protected against polio.

We will end polio and we must remain steadfast in our efforts. World Polio Day, October 24 is a time for Rotarians from around the world to come together and recognize the progress we have made in our fight against polio. We still have important work to do.
 
This year, we want to see as many Rotary clubs as possible holding World Polio Day events around the world. Need some ideas? How about organizing a viewing party for friends and club members to watch Rotary's Online Global Update? You could also dedicate a club meeting to World Polio Day or create a fundraising event. Remember, every dollar raised is matched 2-to-1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
 
As Mark Maloney, Rotary International President stated, “When we reach our goal, polio will become only the second human disease eradicated on the planet, and Rotary will receive international acclaim. But what matters most is the children who will never again have to face this terrible, disabling virus. Rotary must continue to connect the world in the effort toward polio eradication. It is up to us. Let us finish the job.”
 

Yours in Rotary,

Lance Singleton
District Governor 2019-2020

 

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